Christmas Spice Cookies and Hot Cider

Ali Segersten Dec 19, 2008

I don't know about you all but we sure have been doing a lot of Christmas baking these days. The girls just love to roll out the dough and cut out Christmas cookie shapes! The cookies are fun to give away to Christmas carolers and friends. Today I wanted to share one of my newest creations for you to enjoy this holiday season.

Sort of like a sugar cookie, but with the addition of a few warming, sweet spices, I present to you my gluten-free and egg-free Christmas cut-out cookie recipe! I used my favorite cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon. The flavor reminds me of the red hot cinnamon candies that were a favorite of mine as a child. I added nutmeg and cloves, and then a little freshly ground star anise. You can also find the star anise in the bulk spice section of your local co-op.

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How to grind star anise:

To grind the anise, simply remove the seeds from the pod (the star) and grind in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle (I used the latter). For a more intense anise flavor grind the whole star (pod and seeds) in a coffee grinder. The aroma is intoxicating and the flavor exotic. You can use it to make your own chai spice tea, or try making a stove top potpourri with water, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise. Simmer on the stove during a holiday gathering, or on Christmas eve, and enjoy its sweet aroma wafting throughout your home.

Serve these delightful little cookies with hot mulled cider on a chilly winter afternoon. You can make a cookie glaze if you wish by mixing powdered sugar with a very small amount of non-dairy milk or water and a dash of vanilla. I used palm shortening in these cookies but organic, unsalted butter would also work. The flour I buy from Authentic Foods in California. If you live on the east coast you may want to order it from the Gluten Free Mall.

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I LOVE spiced cookies and have recently gone gluten-free. I haven't played too much with some of our family favourites, but I am definitely making these! Thanks so much for sharing!

I just finished baking these cookies for my son's class holiday party. I did not have any palm shortening so I used coconut oil. I also used sucanat instead of brown sugar. I used 1T of vanilla extract and 1tsp of orange extract, instead of the spices you used. I also added 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips. They came out very delicious. I love the texture and flavor. I am sure they would be lovely if I followed your recipe exactly, but I was just missing most of the ingredients...
Ilene

I love that you added star anise to the cookies. And thanks so much for the detailed instructions on how to grind it!

I will keep this in mind for my next cookie craving!
thanks,
sarah

These look great! Thanks for your blog :-)

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